- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: The Christian Research Press; 4 edition (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915923009
- ISBN-13: 978-0915923007
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Because I have trusted in Jesus Christ's historical blood and physical body sacrifice for me on the cross, not in my own works, He has saved me from hell (eternal torment), which I deserve because I was born a sinner and had/have sinned and grieved the Holy God of the bible.
Back to the book: I have read many books on the "KJV Only" issue, and the only issue that I have cried out to God for clarity about is:
Which underlying Greek text is closest to the original manuscripts (which are gone), and thus which text is the text God would want me to read? This affects what translation I use. Period. My faith is based on every word of the bible, so I need to know which underlying Greek Text is the most accurate to God's original Greek manuscripts.
Here is the Table of Contents in Edward Hills' book:
Chapter 1: God's Three-Fold Revelation Of Himself
Chapter 2: A Short History of Unbelief
Chapter 3: A Short History of Modernism
Chapter 4: A Christian View of the Biblical Text
Chapter 5: The Facts of New Testament Textual Criticism
Chapter 6: Dean Burgon and the Traditional New Testament Text
Chapter 7: The Traditional New Testament Text
Chapter 8: The Textus Receptus And The King James Version
By the way, in my opinion, this is the most intelligent, objective look at the Textus Receptus I have read.
It is so much more than a defense of the King James Version. What makes the King James Version worth defending is that it is the only (besides the NKJV and Greens) translation of the traditional, Majority, preserved Greek text. All of the other translations use a different text - and they either translate that other text well or not so well.
It seems like much of the KJV criticism is leveled at Riplinger/Ruckman, and then the whole position is dismissed on their account. I've heard several times that Edward Hills' book is indispensable in understanding this issue, and I certainly found it very helpful. One thing that I resonated with very strongly was his "logic of faith." The idea is that we start with faith in God and His word as our foundation and then use that as our basis for constructing a framework which explains the facts. This approach should be applied to astronomy, geology, philosophy, and, as Hills argues strongly in this work, textual criticism. I read a quote from someone that said, "to say you believe in Biblical preservation and yet read a modern translation is like saying you believe the 1st chapter of Genesis is literally true while accepting the theories of Darwin." In this work Hills gets into many of the historical and textual issues and, for me anyway, clears away some of the cobwebs and lays bare the facts. Hills has no axe to grind, he avoids name-calling, and there is no new age conspiracy theory exposed here. In all this was a straightforward presentation of the facts. I found this to be a compelling argument and a powerful defense of the Word of God, as well as THE epistemology for a believer spelled out and put into practice (I haven't found it stated this clearly anywhere else). Highly recommended.
I also highly recommend English Bible Translations: By What Standard?, and Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism.
Here's a smattering of quotes from the text:
For in the realm of New Testament textual criticism as well as in other fields the presuppositions of modern thought are hostile to the historic Christian faith and will destroy it if their fatal operation is not checked. If faithful Christians, therefore, would defend their sacred religion against this danger, they must forsake the foundations of unbelieving thought and build upon their faith, a faith that rests entirely on the solid rock of holy Scripture. (1)
He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6b). If I truly believe in God, then God is more real to me than anything else I know, more real even than my faith in Him. For if anything else is more real to me than God Himself, then I am not believing but doubting. I am real, my experiences are real, my faith is real, but God is more real. Otherwise I am not believing but doubting. I cast myself therefore on that which is most real, namely God Himself. I take God and Jesus Christ His Son as the starting point of all my thinking. (61)
Because these eight omitted readings have been found to occur in Papyrus 75, critics are now changing their minds about them. Kurt Aland (1966), for example, has restored these Western omissions to the text of the Nestle New Testament. Hence the RSV, the NEB, and the other modern versions which omit them are already out of date. And this rapid shifting of opinion shows us how untrustworthy naturalistic textual criticism is. Christians who rely upon it for their knowledge of the New Testament text are to be pitied. Surely they are building their house upon the sands. (125)
Naturalistic textual critics will never be able to answer this question [why did the Traditional Text triumph?] until they are ready to think "unthinkable thoughts." They must be willing to lay aside their prejudices and consider seriously the evidence which points to the Traditional (Byzantine) Text as the True Text of the New Testament. This is the position which the believing Bible student takes by faith and from which he is able to provide a consistent explanation of all the phenomena of the New Testament. (183)
In the text there are verses in black letter which a sinner is to believe to the saving of his soul, while at the bottom of the page are frequent notes which destroy all confidence in the sacred text, stating that such and such readings are not found in the best manuscripts, etc. How can such a Bible convert a thinking college student? No wonder it has to be supplemented by much music and mysticism, fun and frolic. (228)
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